After missing about a game and a half, quarterback Jay Cutler will return to the field for the Chicago Bears on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
Cutler suffered a torn groin muscle against the Washington Redskins two weeks ago. Originally, Cutler was given a time-frame of four weeks. Meaning the Bears quarterback was expected to miss the games against the Green Bay Packers, Lions, and Baltimore Ravens.
After practicing for the first time since the injury occurred, Cutler was named the Bears starting quarterback for Sunday. Cutler spoke with reporters after practice.
For Cutler, the quarterback was determined to return earlier than the projected four weeks.
“As soon as I got hurt I felt like I would be back quicker than they thought,” Cutler said. “I kind of had that mindset throughout the [rehabilitation process].
“At the bye week, I thought that would give me enough time to make a push for this game. Last week I felt like if things kept progressing that I’d definitely have a chance for this game. Early last week I had a sense that this could be a real [possibility].” -Jay Cutler, ESPN Chicago
Cutler was not the only one projecting an early return. Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been adamant since the injury first happened that Cutler would return by the time the Bears played the Lions. Marshall proved to be right after all.
As for backup quarterback Josh McCown, the veteran quarterback is glad to see Cutler return.
“I’m a competitor, and I love playing,” McCown said. “I had a blast Monday night, and I’ll be ready to go the next time I play. There is a part of you that is bummed because you don’t get to play anymore, but at the same time, the best thing for our team is for Jay Cutler to be our starting quarterback. He’s our starting quarterback. That’s my focus.”-Josh McCown, ESPN Chicago
McCown’s comments are once again a testament to how ideal the Bears quarterback situation is. The Bears will be Cutler’s team for many years to come, McCown is not oblivious to that. McCown wants to see the Bears succeed under Cutler similar to how Cutler was happy to see McCown succeed on Monday night.
Cutler will not be playing with any limitations when he takes the field against the Lions on Sunday.